Who can take percussion lessons?
We offer percussion lessons to students of all ages and levels, ranging from young beginner (5 yrs old) to adult students. Private percussion lessons are customized to the individual needs and preferences of the students. Unlike our other private instrumental lessons (e.g, piano, cello), there are several choices of instrument for percussion. A student might be interested in mastering the snare drum for marching band, playing jazz drum set, or mastering the timpani in order to get an orchestral position. Luckily, our teachers are trained to teach all of these! We are happy to work around the student's goals to design a curriculum for their choice of instrument.
What teaching methods do we use?
Our teachers are familiar with a variety of pedagogical methods that take into account each student's learning style and potential. We want the learning experience to be rewarding and fruitful. Our teaching style is child-centered, meaning that our teachers are willing to work around the student's musical goals and objectives. The students have a sense of agency in their own learning, which empowers them and allows them to build positive experiences with music and to become successful musicians. Additionally, our teachers have an eclectic teaching style, meaning that they borrow the best aspects from a variety of methods, as opposed to blindly following a single method with all of its flaws.
Needless to say, we take a hands-on approach to teaching music (because what better way is there to do it?!) This means the teacher models the technique and sound they want the student to attain and the student gets to try it out and make modifications during the lesson. The teacher provides verbal feedback, but we believe in the importance of playing music to learn music!
What will I/my child learn during a percussion lesson?
During a percussion lesson a student will learn the technique that is specific to their chosen percussion instrument. This might include grip and playing techniques, rudiments (e.g., paradiddle), hand coordination, how to improvise drum fills, etc. Additionally, each lesson will cover a variety of musical elements, such as note-reading, sight-reading, rhythm training, music theory, music history, and performance readiness.
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Do I need an instrument at home?
Ideally, yes! There is only so much the teacher can do during a weekly lesson. The greatest growth happens when the student practices from lesson to lesson. This is the time during which they put into effect what they learned during the lesson. Without practice time, the lessons can become very repetitive and stagnant. We want the children to have positive experiences with music and to be challenged to come close to their fullest potential!
We are more than happy to help you find an instrument that fits your budget. One can very often find used instruments that are being sold or even given away for free! Please communicate with our professional team and we will assist you in finding an instrument.